Survivor's Guide to Seminary



Are you interested in going to seminary or do you know anyone who is? Well then, perhaps you'll share this growing list of posts and guide that I call The Survivor's Guide to Seminary. Perhaps it will help you or a friend?
  1. Introductory Remarks: Why read this guide?
  2. Preparing your mind for seminary (Part 1 - Tip #1: Embrace the idea that your thoughts will be challenged; Tip #2: Professors who challenge your ideas are doing you a favor and they are your colleagues; Tip #3: Embrace cognitive dissonance; Tip #4: A prepared mind puts its thoughts on the table)
  3. Preparing your mind for seminary (Part 2 - Tip #5: Read hard books, not so many easy books; Tip #6: Learn to start making arguments)
  4. This isn't Sunday school (Part 1 - Difference #1: The curriculum and content is more expansive; Difference #2: These teachers have PhDs!)
  5. This isn't Sunday school (Part 2 - Difference #3: Much more will be required of you as a student; Difference #4: You'll be studying the bible academically; Difference #5: People in seminary will have deeper and better informed agendas)
  6. The Cognitive and Contemplative Pathways 
  7. Having the "Talk" - What Are You Going to Do With This Degree? 
  8. Your Professional Image and Its Cultivation (Part 1 - Intro thoughts on "Turning Pro"; Tip #1: Learn to start thinking about your personal brand) 
  9. Your Professional Image and Its Cultivation (Part 2 - Tip #2: Dress for Success) 
  10. Your Professional Image and Its Cultivation (Part 3 - Tip #3: Cultivate focus, dedication, and intelligence) 
  11. Your Professional Image and Its Cultivation (Part 4 - Tip #4: Be mindful of your interactions with other students and faculty) 
  12. Your Professional Image and Its Cultivation (Part 5 - Tip #5: Keep your chin up; Tip #6: Meet your deadlines; Tip #7: Show up and do the work; Tip #8: Manage your web presence well ) 
  13. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 1 - Creativity) 
  14. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 2 - Scholarship) 
  15. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 3 - Time Management) 
  16. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 4 - Reading) 
  17. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 5 - Speaking) 
  18. The Six Über Skills of Seminary (Part 6 - Writing)
  19. Thoughts On Thinking
  20. Thoughts on Building a Theological Library
  21. Thoughts on Life Together: Your Seminary Cohort as Community
    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2
    3. Part 3
    4. Part 4
  22. Research: Some Pitfalls
  23. Methods, Model, and Paradigms - What!? 
  24. "God Hates Me Now" and Other Crises
  25. Stress and Its Maintenance
  26. Spouses: A Few Thoughts on Marriage and Seminary
  27. Debt and Other Funding Woes
  28. Keeping Your Faith While in Seminary
  29. "So long, and thanks for all the fish..."